Here are the pictures from last week's trip to the science lab.
The class guided the card holders into the correct places to make the life cycles of different animals.
The class enjoyed playing the "life cycle" card game in groups of 5. They did a great job!
Lily shouted, "LIFE CYCLE" after making a complete cycle and winning the game! Congratulations! The class was disappointed they didn't have time to play again.
We got to see a vulture egg. It was really neat and very different from a chicken egg.
Next, we met the box turtle and learned all about her. She was quite fast for a turtle.
The turtle LOVED Freddy and kept going to him and crawling all over him. Freddy didn't mind and they became friends.
The class along with Freddy were able to hold and examine the inside and outside of a turtle's shell.
A great big thank you to the Garrison Mill Education Foundation for funding this in school field trip. We learned a lot and had a great time doing it!
Just a reminder that we'll begin placement for next year soon. There is a letter template on the top of the GM homepage if you'd like to let the administration know your thoughts before this process begins. This is completely optional. If you choose to complete the template, please make sure a hard copy is dropped off in the front office by May 1st. Do not send it by e-mail. You may send it to school in an envelope marked placement letter and I'll have your child take it to the office. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to ask me. It's amazing that we're at the end. This year has flown by for me.
It's time for a CNN (Caterpillar News Network) update. Our last caterpillar has decided to "hang" with the others. This morning he got into the J shape and began the process of hardening into the chrysalis. By lunch he was half way there. By the end of the day he was completely in his chrysalis. Using the words of one of our students today, "I'm so proud of him!"
I have thoroughly enjoyed the oohs, ahhs, and gigantic smiles these critters have brought to our room. I hear from many parents that they are the topic of car rides and dinner discussions nightly. It's important to once again give credit where it is due. Thank you to the GM Education Foundation for purchasing the praying mantis pods, the ladybug larvae, our life cycle models, and many books on different life cycles. We appreciate them helping us teach this unit in a fun hands on way! Please continue to support the GMEF as they are supporting us!
Ask your child about this photograph. It's the inspiration for writing this week. Your child is writing a story about these 2 characters and the problem they face. They need to try to solve their problem and aren't successful until the 3rd attempt. The class has been hard at work on their stories this week. I'm looking forward to reading them.